Vrindavan eco-activists launch Save Yamuna campaign
Vrindavan (UP), December 26, 2009 (IANS): Even as preparations are underway here for a large religious festival starting next month, eco-activists led by former director general of police K.P.S. Gill and working under the Save Yamuna to Save Vrindavan campaign have demanded rethinking on building a new bridge at the heritage Keshi Ghat. Though district authorities are working overtime to ensure that basic civic infrastructure is ready by early January for the festival they call a Kumbh Mela, leaders of various Akharas (Hindu sects) in Vrindavan are not satisfied with the state of preparedness.
Toyota and NDTV cleaning up the banks of the Yamuna
Delhi, December 5, 2009: Toyota and NDTV continue their green campaign with River Cleanathon In their continuing effort to create a cleaner, greener tomorrow through the hugely successful ‘Greenathon’, Toyota and NDTV celebrated International Volunteer Day (IVD) by cleaning up the banks of the Yamuna at Kudesia Ghat, in Delhi, today. The theme for IVD 2009, as conceived by the United Nations, is ‘Volunteering for our Planet’. The campaign received an overwhelming response from India’s leading corporates, top Bollywood stars, musicians, environmentalists, NGOs and educational institutions who showed their solidarity towards the cause by participating in various clean up drives, marathon and entertaining the audience round-the-clock with their performances as part of the Greenathon, the 24 hour nonstop television programming.
Clean Yamuna project may wipe off Delhi Lake
New Delhi, November 30, 2009 ( PTI ): One of Delhi’s large water bodies, Jahangirpuri, might vanish with the State Government proposing a string of projects, the latest being a water treatment plant and sewage interceptor on the marshland. If approved by the Delhi High Court, the marshland spread over 285 acres land in North Delhi having grassland habitat will pave way for the concrete structures.
After police and PWD proposed residential complexes a few years back on 60 and 42 acres of land respectively, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is eyeing the site to set up a 275 MGD water treatment plant at 100 acre area to process raw water to be supplied by the Renuka dam, which is being constructed in Himachal Pradesh.
Thousands of fish found dead in Yamuna
Etawah (UP), November 18, 2009 (PTI) Thousands of fish have died apparently due to discharge of poisonous effluents in the Yamuna river near Mathura and Agra, raising concerns for the safety of nearby marine conservation projects. The dead fish were spotted under a bridge on the Etawah-Gwalior road yesterday, District Forest Officer (DFO) Sudershan Singh said, adding this might have been due to the poisonous discharge from Mathura refinery and Agra city into the Yamuna.